The Anti social, social media!

Once again talking about social media. I have talked on this subject a number of times and I am making a very good use of these platforms as a blogger.

I normally try to talk on literary subjects- poetry, film songs etc. which are non-controversial, and I normally avoid falling into arguments with people, who are always ready to pick an issue for fighting. There are people here who hate almost everybody in the world.

The use of social media is good for keeping in touch with your nears and dears and share your updates with them and know about them on a regular basis.

But people wish to expand their circle of friendship and influence. For that you must provide something worthy to your readers and choose whom you want to make your readers.

I have a feeling that if you keep on adding people in your circle without proper scrutiny, specially if you write on political subjects, then you may often keep fighting, since social media today is an abode for ‘politically anti-social people’. They never accept the view points of anybody who thinks differently.

I just want to mention that there are people on social media for whom- Arundhuti Roy who doesn’t spare any chance to speak against our country and Prashant Bhushan who didn’t feel shame in insulting our judicial system, they are the heroes for some people here.

So, I feel that the thing I normally do, i.e. writing on literary and film related subjects, mind it ‘film related’ and not ‘film industry related’ subjects is better and also one should also keep pruning own circle on social media friends, so that one may not have to indulge in unnecessary fights.

A lot can be said on this subject but today I would prefer to limit myself to this much only.

This is my humble submission on #IndiSpire prompt- How are you managing Social Media? Are you up-to-date in sharing images, posts, comments, replies etc.? Any SM management tips? #SocialMediaTips

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Can I be my own Hero?

I remember the good old days, when the heroes, the leading characters in novels, stories and movies, fought all odds, the evil powers etc. and in the end came out winners, scratch free. People also expected some divine power to come as a hero and save them. They themselves, while awaiting for such wonders, can at the most sit in prayer.

However, times gradually changed, it happened all over the world but I would give examples of India and that too Hindi world of writing and movies. Great Novelist Munshi Prem Chand ji who is called ‘warrior of the pen’ (Kalam Ka Sipahi) initially wrote many novels and short stories, with a moral that ‘truth is always the winner’. But later he gave away this ideal and hopefulness and accepted that our life is not to prove some golden principles and we have to live our lives, the way it flows, we may keep hope to the extent possible, but have to keep prepared to accept failures, idealism was finally lost and Prem chand Ji wrote novels like- Godan, Gaban and short stories like – Poos Ki Raat. We find the lead characters who are worthless, live on the earnings of the house lady and when she dies, they consume the money given by villagers for her last rituals on drinking wine and say ‘She was great, after death also she made us drink wine and have a good feast’.

In movies we find film makers like Raj Kapur, who portray a person as a hero, who comes from a village to a big city for earning, initially gets fooled by people but eventually becomes so shrewd that he pays back the cunning people, in their own coin. Here the hero can do everything, even pick pocketing. A song from RK film says-

Shehzaade talwar se khele, main ashqon se khelun’ (The Princes played with swords, I play with tears’).

So, the total concept of a hero is changed. A person who sincerely fights with the situations he faces in life, is a hero of his own life story. There is a film ‘Fir Subah hogi’ by Raj Kapur Ji, in which There is a song-‘Wo Subah kabhi to Aayegi’ (Some day we would witness that day-break, full of hope) and another song says-

Chin-O-Arab hamaara, Hindostaan hamaara, rehne ko ghar nahi hai, saara jahaan hamaara’ (The hero says that the whole world is our own, but we don’t have a roof over our head).

So, the concept about life has changed, in stories, novels, movies and also in our life. We are not born to create miracles. We have to face our life situations, with courage and sincerity, that is all we can do.
Thus, I don’t have any hesitation in saying that, not only me but everybody in the world who loves all human beings and faces the situations arising before him or her with courage and sincerity is a hero or a heroine of his or her life story.

This is my humble submission on the #IndiSpire prompt- Do you consider yourself to be the heroine or hero of your life’s story and try to script a superhit? #HeroineHero .

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अभिवादन- रवींद्रनाथ ठाकुर

आज, मैं फिर से भारत के नोबल पुरस्कार विजेता कवि गुरुदेव रवींद्र नाथ ठाकुर की एक और कविता का अनुवाद प्रस्तुत कर रहा हूँ। यह उनकी अंग्रेजी भाषा में प्रकाशित जिस कविता का भावानुवाद है, उसे अनुवाद के बाद प्रस्तुत किया गया है। मैं अनुवाद के लिए अंग्रेजी में मूल कविताएं सामान्यतः ऑनलाइन उपलब्ध काव्य संकलन- ‘’ से लेता हूँ। लीजिए पहले प्रस्तुत है मेरे द्वारा किया गया उनकी कविता ‘Salutation’ का भावानुवाद-


गुरुदेव रवींद्रनाथ ठाकुर की कविता



आपके प्रति विनम्र अभिवादन के रूप में, हे मेरे प्रभु,
मेरी सभी ज्ञानेंद्रियों को फैलकर,                                                                                          आपके चरणों में गिरकर-                                                                                                        इस विश्व को छू लेने दो।
जिस प्रकार जुलाई का कोई बादल-
अपने न बरस सके जल के बोझ से लदकर                                                                             नीचे झुका हुआ हो,
मेरे समूचे मस्तिष्क को,                                                                                                        विनत अभिवादन की मुद्रा में                                                                                                अपने द्वार पर झुक जाने दो।
मेरे गीतों को सामर्थ्य दो कि वे अपने अंतरद्वंदों को त्यागकर,                                                   एक धुन में रम जाएं,
और मौन के समुद्र तक,                                                                                                      आपके प्रति विनयपूर्ण वंदन के रूप में प्रवाहित हों।


जिस प्रकार घर लौटने को व्यग्र सारसों का झुंड,                                                                     दिन-रात उड़ता है
पहाड़ों में स्थित अपने घौंसलों में लौटने के लिए।
मेरे जीवन को भी, आपके प्रति एक विनत प्रणाम के साथ,                                                   अपने सनातन आश्रय की ओर
लौटने की शक्ति दो, मेरे प्रभु।


-रवींद्रनाथ ठाकुर

और अब वह अंग्रेजी कविता, जिसके आधार मैं भावानुवाद प्रस्तुत कर रहा हूँ-



In one salutation to thee, my God,
let all my senses spread out and touch this world at thy feet.
Like a rain-cloud of July
hung low with its burden of unshed showers
let all my mind bend down at thy door in one salutation to thee.
Let all my songs gather together their diverse strains into a single current
and flow to a sea of silence in one salutation to thee.
Like a flock of homesick cranes flying night and day
back to their mountain nests
let all my life take its voyage to its eternal home
in one salutation to thee.

Rabindranath Tagore

आज के लिए इतना ही,



Vipashyanaa- Am I Right?

Several things come to my mind while thinking over the #IndiSpire prompt this time. I would just randomly share the memories, incidents that come to my mind!



I remember lines of a Hindi poem written by Ms. Neelam Singh which I read long back-

सिक्का है बंटा और बिखरा है आदमी,
झूठा भ्रम क्यूं पालें, भुनना है लाज़िमी,
जेब क्या- हथेली क्या, चुप्पी क्या- बोली क्या,
विनिमय की दुनिया में, जिसे भी कबूलना,
मूल्य भर वसूलना।

Really as we say the world is a market, there is continuous exchange of services and everything! we all are selling ourselves, selling our ideas and what not.

So we present ourselves, our services before people and try to get accepted, to get appreciation for all that. Sometimes we can market ourselves by our own efforts, sometimes have to take help of others, we call them our promoters or PR people.

In the field of writing, like many other fields- there are ‘critics’ who review the literary creations, be those poems, short stories, novels or any other type of book writing etc. People also say that those who could not become creative writers, they became critics.

In our country the tradition of western literature was followed and there were movements like ‘New Short Stories’ (Nayi Kahaani), New Poetry etc. I remember reading somewhere that the famous writers of ‘New Hindi Short Story Movement’ like Mohan Rakesh, Kamleshwar and Rajendra Yadav- they wrote very nice reviews regarding stories written by each other not only in their own names but by fake names also to promote each other!

There could be many such examples but I would directly come to the present times. Recently famous actress Kangna Ranaut blamed some film critics in general and one in particular that he is being paid by some rivals to malign her image.

I remember somebody was telling recently about an incident, some hotel which started business invited some opinion makers treated them well gave nice gifts and got some very nice reviews about his hotel and got it upgraded very soon. But ultimate test is the satisfaction of the customers. The hotel could not serve the customers well, got very bad comments from them and was again downgraded.

I would give one more example, I was very young that time when the famous film by my favorite actor-director Raj Kapur Ji- ‘Mera Naam Joker’ got released. I read the special review written by famous Hindi writer- Kamleshwar Ji, about this film. He wrote that Raj Saheb has surpassed a very famous Hollywood director (I forgot the name), left him far behind in dealing with the dreamy love by a young boy Rishi Kapur, in second part he was magnificently in dealing with the pure love that does not care for the barriers of language and country etc. and he wrote that in third part Raj Saheb ran away from himself.

This was an example of a review written by a competent critic on a powerful creative piece. It is good that today so many people write reviews about films, books, literature etc. It does help a person reading them to decide whether to go for that film, creative piece or not. Many times the conclusions of the reviewer may not be important for us but the information given may help us take our own considered decision.

For people writing the reviews, reviewing is there passion in some cases and profession in some others. In both cases they can make a good contribution and make an impact. The important factors are their talent, knowledge and most importantly integrity. The basic thing is that review should not become a promotional effort.

One must write reviews with total honesty and integrity, if he or she lacks in talent that could be developed over a period of time, but if there is no honesty and integrity, it would not take the person anywhere.

Yes, reviewers are needed in today’s world. When we write or do anything, we need to check it once again after completion. But it is not much possible to do it by ourselves. For example we sometimes count like say 8+6 = 15. It is wrong but sometimes when it happens with us, it keeps repeating, if we try again without much gap. Therefore a third person is needed as a reviewer or say as a shef (in case of cooking or say dishes)!

It today’s world where we are relying on so many activities, Yoga, Reiki for taking care of ourselves, one more thing is there in Which we practice and develop the habit of looking at ourselves, by virtually coming out of our body and looking at ourselves, our activity as a third person, it is called Vipashyanaa, Am I right!

Reviewing is needed because we can’t do Vipashyanaa, everywhere and with full effectiveness.

These are my humble views on the #IndiSpire prompt for the week- How reliable are reviews? You may consider films, books, gadgets, lifestyle, fashion or any other genre… #reviews

Thanks for reading.